Jones hails Ford's leadership as England thrash USA

Jones hails Ford's leadership as England thrash USA

Jones hails Ford's leadership as England thrash USA

"Like any Test, you've got to do the tough stuff first - in the first 15-20 minutes especially - to see where the rest of the game is going to go".

A number of players impressed on the day leaving Jones with a big selection headache as England approach the business end of the pool stages with games against Argentina and France still to come.

The Americans scored their only try almost two minutes after the final hooter when replacement Bryce Campbell dived over near the posts following a wild passage of play filled with errors by both sides. And when, after 80 minutes, they at last showed a willingness to move the ball, United States of America were rewarded with a post-siren try to Bryce Campbell that brought an almighty roar from the Kobe Misaki Stadium crowd. As a result Gold described his side's evening as a "calamity in Kobe". "We feel we let ourselves down badly today". We were taught a lesson.

It was clear U.S. were losing their way, and no more so obvious when John Quill got sent off for throwing his shoulder into the head of Owen Farrell.

"The best way to keep him fit is to play him and he's an influential player in our team. When the power and the pace comes from England, we need to have the vigour from a defensive point of view", he explained.

The veteran backrower was denied a chance at five-pointer when his forward pack was awarded a penalty try, then when he lost the ball in a tackle, and when he was called back by the referee after diving over from the base of a five-yard scrum.

The U.S.is hanging on in its first game at the 2019 Rugby World Cup and could be blown away in the second 40.

England were lucky to escape censure themselves after Piers Francis clattered head high into full-back Will Hooley, but an incident that is sure to interest the citing officer was missed by the officials.

The American injury problems went further.

There were few positives to take from the 45-7 defeat at the Kobe Misake Stadium and usa coach Gary Gold now has fix work to do with 19-year-old prop David Ainuu (ankle) and fullback Will Hooley (concussion) set to miss their next match against France on Wednesday. He limped straight off and was on crutches after the game.

England, who even rested some of their top players, had almost 80 per cent of the territory and barely let the U.S. into their own half.

"A lot of disruption, which has not been ideal, and we made (Canada's rugby) union aware that we're not happy about that". England made 619 metres with ball in hand, the United States 231.

US - 15 Will Hooley, 14 Blaine Scully (c), 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Paul Lasike, 11 Martin Iosefo, 10 AJ McGinty, 9 Shaun Davies, 8 Cam Dolan, 7 John Quill, 6 Tony Lamborn, 5 Nick Civetta, 4 Ben Landry, 3 Titi Lamositele, 2 Joe Taufete'e, 1 David Ainuu.

"Can't afford it, to be honest, " he said. "As athletes that's the decisions we're going to have to make".

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